Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, may not have been able to lay claim to that status had the cageside judges gotten it right at the UFC 183 pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event back in early 2015.
That’s according to former opponent and current middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum, who told reporters during a recent media scrum that he’s not moving on from his split-decision loss to “The Chosen One” until he can drop back down to 170 pounds and make it right.
And more importantly, salt free.
“Eventually, I’m going to be fighting for that title at middleweight, which is crazy,” Gastelum said (via MMA Junkie). “But yeah, in my eyes, in the back of my head, I still have welterweight in mind. That fight is like a splinter in my heart. I kind of want to get that fight back, make the weight, make it right. In a lot of people’s eyes, including myself, I won that fight.”
The judges in question were Tony Weeks (30-27), Chris Lee (28-29), and Adalaide Byrd (29-28) in a fight that had Gastelum outstriking Woodley in both significant and total strikes. Neither fighter scored a takedown and the bout was widely panned for its inactivity.
Gastelum (14-3, 1 NC) missed weight for that fight (and a few others) forcing his return to middleweight, where he previously captured the glass trophy on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale roughly five years back. Whether or not that move pays off could depend on his success against Ronaldo Souza in the UFC 224 co-main event later this month in Brazil.
As for Woodley? He has no time for welterwhiners.